Meet Youth Ag Summit Delegate, Elyse Collat
Monday, August 17, 2015
By: Elyse Collat
Meet Elyse Collat, a fifth delegate selected to represent the U.S. at this year’s Youth Ag Summit. At the summit, 100 of the world’s top young minds will work together on solutions for feeding a growing world population.
My name is Elyse Collat and I am originally from Honolulu, Hawai'i. As the daughter of a military officer I had a nomadic childhood, living in many states and overseas in countries like Germany and Japan before settling on O'ahu.
Hawai’i is a tiny, isolated, unique island which makes it a great case study for the issues and solutions surrounding global food insecurity. Like the world, Hawai’i is home to a multitude of cultures and ethnicities with both rural and urban communities that have a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds. There is an existing agricultural industry that’s plagued by an imbalance between exports and imports. Furthermore, Hawai’i faces many inter-related societal issues (including poor education, health, and poverty, slow economy) that I believe can be resolved with improved food security.
This leads me to believe that the solutions to Hawaii’s food security issues are scalable on a global level and can be transferred relatively easily to other communities around the world. I'm excited to attend the Youth Ag Summit and see if this is true by linking up and learning from a hundred other talented, passionate people with unique perspectives on agriculture!
I attended Punahou School and just recently graduated from American University with a degree in Business and Spanish. A life-long learner and avid-adventurer I'm extremely passionate about sustainability, social innovation, development, good food, travelling, and the ocean. If you're keen for a lively chat or want to find out more about the #youthagsummit follow me on twitter (@elysecollat) or instagram (@ebreezy).
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